Lawmakers worried about terrorists getting Libyan missiles

The Senate on Wednesday urged the Obama administration to work harder at keeping Libyan missiles out of terrorists' hands.

The upper chamber approved an amendment to the 2012 Pentagon policy bill that would mandate the administration conduct "an urgent" intelligence assessment about some 20,000 Libyan portable missile systems, according to a summary of the amendment.

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Since the regime of Moammar Gadhafi was ousted, lawmakers and security experts have voiced concerns about terrorist groups nabbing them.
 
The amendment also requires the White House to put in place a new plan to "mitigate this threat," states the summary.

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“Locating and securing these weapons is crucial to protecting our airways as we address concerning reports of unsecured and looted stockpiles of tens-of-thousands of shoulder-fired missiles in Libya," Shaheen said in a statement. "If these weapons fall into the wrong hands, they pose a serious threat to Americans who rely on air travel, our deployed forces abroad, and civil aviation worldwide."